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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
10th April 2016
IMA-PvPI Pharmacovigilance Initiative 
 
Dear Colleague
As you may be well aware, efficacy and safety of a new drug are generally studied on only a few thousand trial subjects and patients. For this reason, only frequent adverse reactions can be observed during its clinical development.
Once the product has been placed on the market, a much larger, and also often polymorbid population will be exposed, which may lead to a change in the drug's hitherto known safety profile. Adverse drug reactions can then be observed more frequently, including those occurring only sporadically and independently of the pharmacological properties of the substance.

These new adverse reactions, should be reported without delay as a contribution to a potentially still incomplete safety profile. If such information is consistently forwarded to the competent authorities, hitherto unknown risks can be identified and tackled.

Under the IMA-PvPI initiative, Indian Medical Association (IMA) has become a nodal centre for reporting of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) / Adverse Events (AE) under the Pharmaco Vigilance Programme of India (PvPI).

IMA is compiling the data of ADR / AE related to drugs/ vaccines/ medical devices/ blood products & Herbals. One can contact IMA-PvPI ADR/AE helpline and report any ADR/AE to Ms. Megha Joshi on Mobile No. +919717776514 from Monday till Friday from 9am to 5pm.
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Padma Awardee Doctors Forum Supports the 85% pictorial warning on tobacco products
 
New Delhi, April 9, 2016: The Padma Awardee Doctors Forum has written to the Prime Minister regarding the on-going plea for 85% pictorial warning on all tobacco products.
 
A notification by the Health Ministry on September 24, 2015, for implementation of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Amendment Rules, 2014, came into force on April 1, 2016. These prescribe larger pictorial warnings, covering 85 per cent of packets on tobacco products.
 
The IMA in the recent past mobilised lakhs of Indian doctors across India, developed a white paper on the urgent need of large Pictorial health warnings and called upon the President, Prime Minister, Vice President, Health Minister and the Finance Minister to implement the 85% warnings An SMS campaign was launched on the health effects of tobacco by IMA. 
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IMA Starts Nodal center for adverse drug reactions

IMA PvPI Initiative has started a nodal center at IMA headquarters. All IMA members can now report adverse reactions to drugs, vaccines, medical devices, Blood products and herbal products at IMA PvPI helpline 9717776514, open Monday to Friday 9-5.30PM
 
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  • April 11th: bOPV would be available in private market but it is not to be opened or used before 25th April.
  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
  • 9th May: IMA National Validation Day when India would be declared free of tOPV. 

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) presents a series of weekly webcasts for the benefit of the Indian medical profession, engaging you with the latest in advocacy efforts for doctors, through an interactive exclusive digital webcast partnership with eMediNexus.
 

Webcast Date: 14th April 2016